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Apprenticeship training course

Electrical power protection and plant commissioning engineer (level 4)

Carrying out a range of engineering work on power protection systems, plant and equipment.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Electrical plant commissioning engineer
  • Electrical power protection engineer
  • EPPPC engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Apply sound engineering and analytical processes to both normal and abnormal conditions on high voltage power generation, transmission & distribution plant & equipment
  • Apply safe working practices in line with company processes and legislative requirements
  • Use of a wide range of test equipment to confirm the suitability of the high voltage plant for conformity and operational service
  • Accurately read and interpret a wide range of engineering diagrams and drawings
  • Prepare and check technical reports
  • Effectively communicate with others to confirm that the tests meet the required standards/specifications
  • O1: Undertake testing, commissioning and maintenance activities on electrical power systems and equipment. This could include transformers, switchgear, conductors, battery systems and ancillary equipment
  • O2: Undertake protection, testing, commissioning and maintenance activities involving functionality testing and the injection of currents and voltages into high voltage equipment and their associated protection and control systems to simulate the range of fault conditions and scenarios that can occur on the electrical system
  • O2: Use appropriate test equipment to verify protection and control settings and ensure correct installation and operation of modern microprocessor and numerical based protection as well as older electromechanical relays
  • O2:Ensure that protection systems interface correctly with the associated high voltage equipment and, where necessary, coordinates effectively with the wider high voltage system

Full information on Electrical power protection and plant commissioning engineer (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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